When South Florida cities began installing red-light cameras several years ago, most expected a revenue bump along with increased intersection safety.
But while most studies show few crashes at intersections with red-light cameras, many cities haven’t seen the money they expected, and at least one is several thousand dollars in the hole.
Now, some cities plan to use new changes in Florida’s red-light camera laws to wring more money out of strapped camera programs.
The new legislation, which went into effect July 1, requires municipalities with the cameras to set up local hearing boards for people who get violation notices and want to fight them. It gives drivers more time to appeal, and doesn’t force them to wait until after payment is due and their $158 notice of violation becomes a $264 Uniform Traffic Citation in order to contest it. More here from Jonathan Simmons.